Honor X8b: Mid-range option that comes with some flair

Honor X8b. Photo: Honor
Honor X8b. Photo: Honor

Honor has unveiled another mid-range smartphone, the Honor X8b in Malaysia. The smartphone continues the Honor X8 series, including the Honor X8 and Honor X8a. Both smartphones have performed quite well in the Nepali market.

The X8b looks identical to its siblings but differs in display, dimensions, chipset, camera and battery specs. It also has a new dynamic island feature on the front. The smartphone can be expected to arrive in Nepal and compete with other mid-range phones in the price segment.

Let us see what the smartphone offers.

Specifications of Honor X8b

DimensionsHeight: 161.05 mm
Width: 74.55 mm
Depth: 6.78 mm
Weight166 grams
Display size6.7-inch
Display typeAMOLED
Resolution2,412 x 1,080
Refresh rate90 Hz
Peak brightness2,000 nits
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 (6 nm)
CPUOcta-core (4×2.4 GHz Kryo 265 Gold & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo 265 Silver)
GPUAdreno 610
OSAndroid 13, MagicOS 7.2
Storage128GB | 256GB | 512GB
Rear camera108MP main camera
5MP ultra-wide camera
2MP macro camera
Selfie camera50MP
Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
No 3.5mm headphone jack
SensorsGravity Sensor
Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
Ambient Light Sensor
Proximity Sensor
BatteryLi-Po 4,500 mAh
Charging35W wired
ColoursGlamorous Green | Titanium Silver
Price (expected)Rs 30,000 (8/128GB)
Rs 32,000 (8/256GB)
Rs 35,000 (8/512GB)

Design and Display

The design of the Honor X8b is the same as its siblings the Honor X8 and X8a. The design is similar to the X8a’s design with the square-shaped camera module on the back. The camera module houses the triple camera setup and the flash in a square shape. The back of the phone is made up of plastic and has two colour options. The Titanium Silver colour has a matte frosted back while the Glamorous green colour option has a premium feel with a vegan leather back with a stitched design. The frame is also plastic and has a shiny finish.

Honor X8b design. Photo: Honor
Photo: Honor

On the front, the major change can be seen on the camera notch of the Honor X8b. It has a pill-shaped camera cutout, which houses the selfie camera and a flash. The pill-shaped notch further works as a dynamic island which Honor calls Mini Capsule. The dynamic island is a software feature and not a physical area like the iPhone 14 Pro series and iPhone 15 series.

Honor X8b mini capsule. Photo: Honor

The Honor X8b has a vibrant AMOLED display of 6.7 inches with an aspect ratio of 20.1:9. It has a wide spectrum of 16.7 million colours and full DCI-P3 coverage which delivers decent vivid and accurate visuals. The resolution stands at 2,412 by 1,080. It has multi-touch gestures, accommodating up to 10 touch points for seamless interaction. It has a refresh rate of 90 Hz and a peak brightness of 2,000 nits.

Honor X8b display. Photo: Honor
Photo: Honor

Performance and Storage

The Honor X8b is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 chipset, built on a 6nm process. Its octa-core CPU, comprising four high-performing 2.4 GHz Kryo 265 Gold cores and four efficient 1.9 GHz Kryo 265 Silver cores along with the Adreno 610 GPU delivers decent performance for day-to-day tasks like multimedia and graphics handling. It runs on Android 13 with MagicOS 7.2 operating system.

Honor X8b snapdragon 680 chipset. Photo: Honor
Photo: Honor

The Honor X8b’s memory options include one RAM option of 8 GB which also has a virtual RAM feature. With this feature, it can add 8 GB RAM using the internal storage of the smartphone for better performance. It has three storage options including 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB.

Honor X8b RAM and storage. Photo: Honor
Photo: Honor


The Honor X8b has a triple rear camera setup, which includes a 108MP main camera with an aperture of f/1.75. Supporting the main camera is a 5MP wide and depth camera at f/2.2 and a 2MP macro camera at f/2.4. It allows detailed shots, supporting image resolutions up to 12,000 by 9,000 pixels. The rear camera offers a range of capture modes including photo, video, portrait, night, aperture, slow-motion, panorama, HDR, time-lapse, and specialized features like super macro and dual-view. Video shooting is supported up to 1080p at 30fps.

Honor X8b rear and front camera. Photo: Honor
Photo: Honor

On the front, the Honor X8b houses a 50MP spotlight portrait selfie camera with an f/2.1 aperture, delivering nice selfies at a resolution of up to 8,192 by 6,144 pixels. Its video shooting capabilities are up to 1080P at 30fps. The selfie camera also has a dedicated flash for a well-lit face during selfies and videos. The front camera also offers an array of capture modes such as photo, video, portrait, night mode, time-lapse, and features like dual-view and gesture control.

Honor X8b front camera and flash. Photo: Honor
Photo: Honor

Battery and Others

The Honor X8b has a Li-Po 4,500 mAh battery which can last about a day easily. It has support for 35W wired charging. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi supporting both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands for fast internet connection and Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless connections with compatible devices. The phone operates on LTE networks and accommodates dual SIM cards.

Honor X8b. Photo: Honor
Photo: Honor

The Honor X8b’s audio output comes from a mono speaker but lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, unlike its siblings which have a headphone jack. It has a wide range of sensors including a gravity sensor, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor for secure unlocking, a compass, an ambient light sensor and a proximity sensor.

It has two colour options; Glamorous Green and Titanium Silver.

Honor X8b colour options. Photo: Honor
Photo: Honor

The expected price of the Honor X8b in Nepal is anticipated to range from Rs 30,000 for the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant, Rs 32,000 for the 8GB RAM and 256GB storage option, to Rs 35,000 for the 8GB RAM and 512GB storage model.

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Dahal is a gadget/auto writer at Onlinekhabar.

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